NRL statement about Benji

After receiving a report from the Wests Tigers in relation to the assault incident involving star five-eighth Benji Marshall, a decision has been made on his playing future.

Despite the allegation made against Marshall, the report suggested that Marshall conducted himself in the most exemplary manner throughout the whole ordeal.

With the NRL conducting their own investigations that are set to continue, they have supported the findings that have been made by the Wests Tigers.

NRL Chief Executive, David Gallop said that the allegation of assault is still serious however, and if proven that it was assault in the courts, then action may still be taken.

Due to the lack of evidence that currently exists, the NRL have said that they are in no position to charge Benji at this stage.

“The only issue that would seem capable of attracting any penalty from the NRL in this matter is the one that will be determined in court,” Mr Gallop said.

“It may well be that Benji can successfully defend the allegation and he is entitled to that opportunity.

“Both he and the Wests Tigers, though, need to be aware that the seriousness of this matter and the importance of the week will dictate the need for strong action if he is unsuccessful in defending the charge.”

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